SWARTHMORE, Pa. – Swarthmore defeated No. 10 Eastern 3-0 Friday night at the Tarble Pavilion. With the victory, the Garnet captured its first victory against a nationally-ranked opponent and became the second Centennial Conference team to defeat a top-10 team.
The first set extended to extra points as Swarthmore prevailed 29-27. Sets two and three were close as well, but thanks to the electrifying crowd at the Tarble Pavilion and on-target play, the Garnet took set two, 25-22 and the final set, 25-23.
Kat Montemurro led the Garnet with a double-double of 13 kills and 10 digs, Allison Coleman handed out 35 assists and the front line totaled nine blocks.
Trailing 2-0 to begin the first set of the night, Swarthmore put its first point up with a kill from Chastity Hopkins. The Eagles and Garnet went point-for-point for a while until a block assist from Brone Lobichusky and Allie Coleman fueled a Swarthmore run. The duo produced three more block assists later in the set to extend the Garnet lead to 19-13. The Eagles began its comeback with a 5-0 run to knot the score at 25 all. The set was closed out with a kill from Montemurro for the 29-27 set win. Lobinchusky and Danielle Sullivan each tallied four kills.
The second set began much like the first as both teams traded points for a 7-7 tie to start. Beginning with a service error on Eastern, the Garnet hit a 3-0 run with a service ace from Lobichusky and back-to-back kills from Montemurro leading to a visitor timeout. With a refocused team, the Eagles climbed back and eventually tying the set at 13 and continued to a 17-13 lead on a 7-0 run. Swarthmore regained strength with kills from Sullivan, Danielle Delpeche and Lobinchusky for another tied set at 20. The Eagles proceeded with two consecutive attack errors followed by a kill from Montemurro before calling timeout as the Garnet led 22-20. Trading the final points, Sullivan sealed up the second set win with a kill and assist from libero Madison Heppe.
It was a different story to begin the final set, as Swarthmore exploded with a 9-0 run that included two kills from Zahra Ahmed and a block assist from Chastity Hopkins and Ahmed. The Garnet never lost the lead in the third set and the game-winning point came off a kill from Lobichusky. Ahmed and Montemurro each had four kills, while Heppe collected seven digs. Lobichusky and Montemurro each collected service aces in the final set.